By Natalia Olofinskaya
Since childhood my imaginary happy place was always a small house in the mountains besides a river. I am still thinking of that magical place today even as I grapple with traffic jams, urban noise and deadlines.
When I go to this happy place, sometimes I’ll add a few details: a little schoolhouse for my daughter, a farm where we can grow fruit... Essential elements for a truly happy place.
Forest fire response efforts are underway at three locations across Georgia: in Telavi and in Akhmeta municipalities of eastern Georgian region of Kakheti and in Khulo municipality of Adjara in the west of the country.
About 400 employees of the Special Tasks Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were deployed to quell the forest fire near Artana village in Telavi municipality, along with emergency workers and firefighters.
OSCE’s democracy and rights arm ODIHR opened on August 30 election observation mission for Georgia’s October 8 parliamentary polls.
Currently the mission includes a core team of 12 experts from 9 countries based in Tbilisi, which will be joined by 26 long-term observers from September 5, who will be deployed across the country to monitor pre-election developments.
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has requested the OSCE participating states to send 350 short-term observers to monitor election day and the vote counting process.
In the wake of the deadly flood last weekend in Tbilisi, the government is considering set of measures to increase safety along the Vere river channel including installing early warning systems and resettlement plan from high risk zones, PM Irakli Garibashvili said.
“It was a big shock,” he said in an interview with the Tbilisi-based Imedi TV late on Friday night about the flood that killed at least 19 people from the night of June 13 to June 14; three people remain missing.
Damage caused by the deadly flood in Tbilisi is “quite substantial and may reach 100 million lari” (about USD 45 million), said PM Irakli Garibashvili on June 16 while visiting some of the worst hit areas on June 16.
“We are actively working with donors, various international organizations… and we hope that donor organizations will help us to address these problems. We will prepare specific projects and submit to donors to address immediate needs,” PM Garibashvili said on June 16.